2018 Dragonfly Highlights

Usually tricky to photograph so always a pleasure when I manage to capture some images of dragons and damsels.  This is a group of insects I love to see.  I’m not however that great on i.d so was well pleased when Mrs H bought me a top notch field guide.  Now I can get out to try and track down some new species.  Here are my favourites from last year.

Female Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum). This caused big i.d problems, luckily resolved by experts on a facebook group. It was great to be able to use the macro lens on these insects
Four Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata). A common species that does like to pose nicely
Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) at Hickling Broad, not a species that stays still for long
A nice find on holiday. Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) in Cumbria
An even nicer find Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) in Cumbria
Back in Norfolk and a Black Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum). Usually this species sits on the ground so nice to get this shot
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The glistening wings show this is newly emerged. Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) in Sheringham Park
Brunch time! A Willow Emerald (Chalcolestes viridis) snacking on a fly
“Smile! He’s back in action” Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) appears to be happy to pose when I got my camera back

36 thoughts on “2018 Dragonfly Highlights

  1. Excellent photos!
    The odonata did seem to enjoy the great Summer weather. Lots more black darters and 4 spot chasers up here than I’ve seen before. Where in Cumbria was the beautiful demoiselle? I found some banded up here but not beautifuls! They tend to be over west. Great photos – keep up the sterling work!

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  2. Wow, stunning stuff. I’ve wasted a lot of digital bits trying to get these in the tin and still amazed at your ability to get the detail an crispness in your shots. Good to know I have a source for the tricky ID of these creatures ha. Just for the record, I’d have to say the “Beautiful Demoiselle ” (5th) shot is one of my favorites of the set along with the last shot.

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    1. I think the trick is getting just the right distance with the macro lens and then rattle off as many frames as possible, I may get one crisp image out of four (btw these images are compressed so have lost some sharpness). My favourite was the willow emerald eating the fly, I got a nice sequence as it disappeared!

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    1. Thank you Mary. Some species will sit and pose nicely others are way too jittery, it’s those huge eyes no matter how carefully you approach they will take flight, some species don’t seem to settle at all constantly on the wing.


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